Zimbabwe recently delayed 15% levy on unbeneficiated platinum - the latest example of policy confusion and foot-changing in southern African country.
His demerger voted down, AngloGold's Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan, has the job of reinventing the SA assets, a task that means winning over unions.
The Minerals & Petroleum Resources Development Act is marooned somewhere in the parliamentary process. When will the South African government save it.
The SA mining sector has warned that implementing a carbon tax next year with heap further pressure on an ailing sector yet, for now, government is unmoved.
Exxaro Resources's Sipho Nkosi said his firm would continue to develop its BEE even if the courts decide in favour of once-empowered, always empowered.
Managing a platinum firm today is no easy task but Northam Platinum CEO, Paul Dunne, claims to have been relishing the challenge.
Notwithstanding the pessimism in the mining market, demergers of non-core assets generally work well - as should be the case for South32.
Gemfields is a rare beacon of light and hope when it comes to fortunes in the global mining sector with sales for coloured gemstones on the rise.
The backdrop to this year's round of wage negotiations in the gold sector demonstrate just why it'll be so difficult to arrive at a quick and painless solution.
If Africa's mineral rich continents need a lesson of how not to tackle regulatory change in their mining sectors, look no further than Zambia.